LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 4, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has remained coy on his club’s prospect of signing misfiring Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.

After the departure of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla, reports have suggested that Barcelona are interested in signing Morata as a replacement.

Chelsea signed the 26-year-old from Real Madrid in 2017 for a club-record fee of £70m, but the Spanish international has struggled at Stamford Bridge, scoring just five Premier League goals this season.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told reporters on Friday: “If Morata will go to another club we will need a replacement.”, fuelling speculation that he’s set to leave.

Ahead of Sunday’s visit of Eibar, Barcelona boss Valverde refused to comment on the reports linking them to Morata but praised his quality instead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea looks downcast after the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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The Chelsea captain says his team cannot afford to believe they can win the UEFA Europa League in order to qualify for the Champions League next season.

He told Sky Sports: “I can only say the same thing,”

“That he’s a great player, that he’s at another team and that we respect that a lot.

“We have to look at it, it’s clear that after Munir’s departure we have a space.

“We’ll see if we can sign a player, although we have to take into account the club’s economic conditions. We will see if we can if someone comes.”